New Clause 13 - Registration of information about land

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 22nd November 2022.

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“In Schedule 1 to the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (required information), in paragraph 2—

(a) in sub-paragraph (1), after paragraph (g) insert—

‘(h) if the entity is the registered proprietor of one or more qualifying estates in land in England and Wales, the title number of each of them;

(b) if the entity is the registered owner of one or more qualifying estates in Northern Ireland, the folio number in respect of each of them;

(c) if the entity is—

(i) entered as proprietor in the proprietorship section of the title sheet for one or more plots of land that are registered in the Land Register of Scotland, or

(ii) the tenant under one or more leases registered in the Land Register of Scotland,

the title number of the title sheet, in respect of each of them, in which the entity’s interest is registered.’;

(b) after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

‘(3) In sub-paragraph (1)(h)—

“registered proprietor”, in relation to a qualifying estate, means the person entered as proprietor of the estate in the register of title kept by the Chief Land Registrar;

“qualifying estate” has the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Schedule 4A to the Land Registration Act 2002.

(4) In sub-paragraph (1)(i)—

“registered owner”, in relation to a qualifying estate, means the person registered in the register kept under the Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 (c. 18 (N.I.)) as the owner of the estate;

“qualifying estate” has the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Schedule 8A to the Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 1970.

(5) In sub-paragraph (1)(j)—

(a) “lease”, “plot of land” and “proprietor” have the meanings given by section 113(1) of the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012;

(b) the reference to an entity’s being entered as proprietor in the proprietorship section of a title sheet is a reference to the name of the entity being so entered.’”—

This new clause requires an overseas entity, when applying for registration in the register of overseas entities or providing an update, to include the title number etc for relevant interests in land held by it. For entities already registered, it will operate when they next provide an update.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.